Magazine article Tikkun

Listening to Dr. Dobson

Magazine article Tikkun

Listening to Dr. Dobson

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This summer, the Supreme Court issued two opposing decisions on cases concerning the display of the Ten Commandments on government property. The Supreme Court ruled that a Texas display was acceptable, because it did not have a religious purpose, but was shown in historical context. However, the Kentucky display did have an overtly religious purpose and was, therefore, unconstitutional.

According to the Benjamin Spock of family values, Dr. James C. Dobson, the court's decisions "tore a hole through the First Amendment" because they stripped the Ten Commandments of their meaning: "What it said is that you can only post the Ten Commandments in public buildings if you don't believe it, if it has no meaning, if it is simply an historic document or edifice" [sic].

Like many right-wing evangelicals, of course Dr. Dobson would object to these rulings, because they insist on the continued separation of church and state. However, progressives should note the shrewd political logic of Dobson's criticism. …

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